New ward boundaries for Brent
28 August 2018
The areas that local ward councillors represent and the total number of councillors are set to change, as part of a borough-wide review to make the people-to-politician ratio across Brent more equal.
Residents are being called to take part in a consultation by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which launched today (28 August), to find out where the ward constituency boundaries for the borough should be drawn.
The consultation comes after new development and population changes in the borough since the last boundary review in 1999, meant that some councillors were left representing wards with a population 10 per cent higher than the average figure for a ward - triggering the review.
In one ward, the population difference is 30 per cent above the average.
As part of the review, the Boundary Commission approached the council and asked for its view on how many councillors Brent should have in the future. Brent's full council met on 9 July and agreed to reduce the number of councillors in the borough from 63 to 57. This follows a recent trend of reduction seen across other London councils.
Now, the boundaries of the new wards need to be decided.
Carolyn Downs, Brent Council Chief Executive, said:
"We know that come the 2022 local council election, we will be electing six fewer councillors than we have done in the past, but what's not yet known are the areas that those councillors will be representing.
"The Boundary Commission wants to hear the views of residents on where the boundaries should be, for example if they should be set around town centres or make use of natural boundaries such as rivers, train lines or main roads.
"The consultation is interactive, allowing for residents to find out how Brent's population is spread throughout the borough and suggest where the boundaries should be. I'd encourage every Brent resident to take part."
The consultation period will be open from 28 August 2018 to the 5 November 2018 and the information given is then used to pull together a draft recommendation on the boundaries, which will then be consulted on in the new year, before the changes are formally agreed in May 2019.